Some young people can get highly hung-up on the extremes of continuous contact - the mobile phone offers either no contact or too much contact - possibly even unwanted contact. Stress can be caused by both sender's and recipient’s frustrations.
Concerns about mobile phones
1. The mobile phone industry and their marketing techniques
2. Personal development during the teenage years
3. Social Stress
The effects on children
- There is huge peer pressure to have a mobile phone with the latest technology and design
- The ease by which mobiles are available increases the demand - ‘pay as you go’ accessibility
- Parents accept this because they convince themselves of the safety benefits
- The stress of maintaining communications for some is hard
- The stress of wanting an equal flow of contact can be self destroying if it does not materialize
- Owning a mobile phone, for some, provides a status among friends and a degree of self worth
- On occasions there may be unwanted communications and even stalking which adds a further pressure on the individual.